Hey all. I just got to diamond for the first time (ever) this morning and thought I’d post my list. I finally forced myself to stop playing Kara and ladder using only Songhai (my favorite faction…that I’m still lacking staple cards for). Anyway, I decided to try a more reactive list for a change and had a lot of fun with it. Is it anything you haven’t seen before? No. This is just more of a celebratory post than anything else.
The list: http://manaspring.ru/deckbuilder/Songhai/#MzoxMjIsMToxMjMsMjoxMjgsMjoxMDMwNiwxOjEwOTc1LDM6MTA5ODEsMjoxMDk5NCwxOjExMDI0LDE6MTEwMjgsMToxMTA0MiwyOjExMDQ2LDI6MTEwNTQsMToxMTA1NywyOjE5MDM3LDM6MTkwNDIsMzoyMDA4MCwyOjIwMDgxLDM6MjAwODYsMzoyMDA4NywxOjIwMDk0LDE6MzAwMDk=
I do love the AOE combos in the deck, however. Frostbone Naga, Beastmaster, and even Gnasher (the latter two only are good when paired with Inner Focus) are super fun to play. (I almost entitled this deck Makantor Songhai.) Nobody in Gold seems to play around Makantor when facing Reva. As far as discussion, what have you guys experienced regarding Beastmaster and Gnasher? Other versions of this deck had Sword of Mechazor too, but I’ve been cycling back and forth. Only having 3 Inner Focus limits the number of combos you can do. I usually average about 1 AOE combo per game. And I replace the rest, so I don’t want a ton in the deck.
I play the deck solely for board control and only go face when it’s a free Heartseeker hit or when I have a pretty significant board lead. I open with Ki Beholders and Nagas in the early game, then get my foxes going once I have room in hand. I look for ways to make them reach for Heartseeker after Heartseeker which drains their removal/dispel. Also stretches them out so an AOE combo gets extra bang. The deck also has a surprising ability to deal with big threats. I just finished a game (3 games before achieving Diamond) where I managed to survive 2 Krons, 3 Aymaras, and a Nimbus. We both had 1 Health left on the final turn.
As far as suggestions, I’m definitely open to them. As mentioned, I don’t have a lot of spirit at the moment since I’m a relatively new player. Pulled all the legendaries in the deck in orbs. As for staple cards like Killing Edge…I used to run 3 of them. Tried taking them out at one point and my win rate spiked. Still trying to figure out why that was or if I just started playing better. Also, many of the 1x cards in the deck are cards I’m rotating through for testing (Chakkram, Sunsteel Defender, Spelljammer, etc.). Anyway, that’s all I got.